Hey friend! I'm glad you're here.
My name is KJ (they/them) and I am the artist behind Lucky Little Queer. I create all my art and products in my cozy home studio in Ottawa, ON, Canada. I proudly identify as non-binary, bisexual and a survivor of violence. I live with my lovely partner and our two kitties where we're building a wonderful little life together.
I am the owner, creator and designer of LLQ. I like to describe my artistic style as bright and flowery with a hard edge. Ever since I can remember, I've used art as a way to cope, heal, and express myself and my identities. My work typically features floral drawings combined with darker imagery like skulls and swords, showcasing feminist and 2SLGBTQ+ mantras. My products are for babes who have something to say and want to show the world who they are.
I have received a Bachelor of Social Work degree with minors in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies from Carleton University. I hope to incorporate the skills I have learned through academia to help encourage healing in others through the arts. I have facilitated self-care and arts workshops at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Youth Services Bureau and the Carleton University Womxn’s Centre, to name a few. I plan to continue working in this field hoping to support others in their journey towards self-love and healing.
I often get asked why I named my brand 'Lucky Little Queer'. The short answer is that I honestly feel like the luckiest little queer around - I get to do what I love for a living and I'm surrounded by people who love me for who I am! The longer answer is this - I think the narrative surrounding LGBTQ lives is one of our struggle, our pain and our trauma. While this is absolutely something we experience (especially those of us with intersecting marginalized identities), I believe that it's so important to highlight the fact that we can, and do, lead beautiful, fulfilling, wonderful lives. I feel incredibly lucky to be exactly who I am, and I think that's worth celebrating.